“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path ... The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” — Psalm 119:105,130
If mankind would let the word of God light its path, life would be easier to bear.
Many today spend time worrying about tomorrow, looking for peace and never finding it, and many end up never being truly happy. People who are wise enough to allow their paths to be lit by the word of God will come to know true peace and happiness and will not spend hours and days worrying about things.
The light of God’s word will bring a person to salvation. It shows brightly upon the love God has for mankind (John 3:16). It illuminates the Savior who came to give himself for man: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17-18). It enables man to break the darkness of sin and worldliness and to see clearly the way to a better life. It tells of God’s plan for man’s redemption through Christ. The book of Acts tells how the people developed faith by God’s word (Romans 10:17). They then repented of their sins, willing to confess the name of Christ as the Son of God and were immersed in water for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:22-47, 8:36-39).
This great lamp shines on the path to be taken by the Christian. Paul wrote, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth, for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth — fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness, which is idolatry — for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience” (Colossians 3:1-6).
Man can look many places for direction and not be able to get where he wants to go. God has provided what man needs and should want. However, God will not make anyone follow his way. God made people free moral agents and allows them to make their own decisions. This freedom given by God is so that people can show God that they love and trust him.
If God left man without a choice, then man would never be able to express his love and devotion to God. God wants man to be saved. He has done his part, but man must do his part in following the light of God’s word.